On October 15, 2010
Testing for toxins
What you need to keep your manufacturing line clean, safe and contaminant-free
Petfood manufacturers and the testing labs hired by them are under increasing pressure to take petfood testing to a new level. How should expectations for petfood testing be raised and enforced in the global ingredients supply chain? How can your company better safeguard against product contamination? And perhaps most importantly, how can public confidence in the petfood products you produce be maintained with advanced scientific proof to support it?"Companies and government agencies need to monitor more food products and raw materials from an increasing variety of new sources -- which may face contamination linked to storage issue or the use of pesticides or other substances, which are banned in one country but allowed in another," explains Mark Kuracina of Applied Biosystems. But what does he recommend? "Expanding the capacity to test for contaminants by upgrading the technology is logical." The good news is that the technology for petfood contaminant testing is changing for the better. Technical advancements are unfolding as government policy-makers devise new frameworks for ensuring petfood safety.Take, for example, Perten Instruments' Micro Mirror module. The module is a sample presentation system for the DA 7200 that enables analysis of extremely small samples. The Micro Mirror module is designed for small sample amounts such as kernels, seeds and powders or meals.More small, handheld devices for accurate and easy-to-read test results are the family of sample adapters for the patented i-Lab analyzing spectrometer from MicroOptix Technologies. The i-Lab performs measurement and analysis of liquids and solids in the visible light ...